BACOLOD

Bacolod eyes new DRRMO building

THE personnel of Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) are preparing its plans and perspective design for the construction of new DRRMO building in the city.

Dondon Parandas, head of DRRMO, said Tuesday, May 21, they are preparing its perspective plan with the City Engineers Office for the approval of Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

He said they will submit their proposal to Mayor Leonardia this month for the construction of new DRRMO building.

The budget will be taken from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the DRRMO, which is 30 percent and was not used since 2012, he added.

Parandas said that during their meeting with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) last month, they found out that the DRRMO can now use the unexpended QRF.

The joint memorandum of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Department of Budget and Management, and DILG stated that the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF) shall cover the 30 percent lump-sum allocation for QRF and the 70 percent allocation for disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery.

It further stated that the unexpended LDRRMF shall accrue to a special fund solely for the purpose of supporting disaster risk reduction and management activities of the local disaster risk reduction and management council within the next five years.

Parandas said they have now a clearance that they can utilize the unexpended QRF which it now reached to almost P356 million since there’s no recorded major calamities in Bacolod since 2012.

“If the mayor will approve our proposal, so this will be the major project of the DRRMO to put in one place the DRRMO sections such as the 911, flood control team, and the DRRMO command center,” he said.

He added they are proposing to construct the new DRRMO building in the government-owned lot along Bredco Port at the Reclamation Area.

The DRRMO is also planning to acquire more equipment for the disaster risk reduction and management programs in Bacolod.

At present, the DRRMO office is situated at the Old City as well as its command center while the 911 office is located along the Bacolod Arts and Youth Center (Baycenter). (MAP)


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